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NCCC plans mostly online classes in fall

SARANAC LAKE — North Country Community College classes will be mostly online this fall semester. There will be a few exceptions for classes where “learning outcomes are best supported by face-to-face instruction,” the college announced in a press release Friday. These include select ...

Tourism isn’t hiking COVID cases so far

LAKE PLACID — The Adirondack Park has seen an uptick in tourism throughout the last few weeks as the region moved through the four phases of reopening its economy, and as it moved from mud season to summer. Essex County public health officials say the steady trickle of tourists hasn’t ...

Northwood plans to cluster students in fall

LAKE PLACID — Northwood School administrators are piecing together a plan to bring students back to campus this fall. In a letter to the private high school’s students and their families on Tuesday, Head of School Michael Maher outlined a preliminary road map for reopening the ...

DEC issues fire danger warning

ALBANY — New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos on Wednesday, July 1 urged New Yorkers to practice the utmost safety during the upcoming holiday weekend because dry weather throughout the month of June has increased the risk of fires. “We were ...

Person with COVID went to Catholic Mass in Ti

TICONDEROGA — The Essex County Health Department announced Monday it has identified a COVID-19 case in an person who attended St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Ticonderoga and that it is conducting a “thorough contact tracing investigation.” The state got involved with the ...

Saranac Lake valedictorian’s speech about racism sparks discussion

SARANAC LAKE — There has been a flood of reaction, mostly positive, to the Saranac Lake High School valedictorian’s speech about anti-Asian racism she endured. Francine “Frannie” Newman’s blunt speech came as a surprise to many. “Talking about race has never been something ...

Cobb says Stefanik silent on US soldier bounties

Democratic congressional candidate Tedra Cobb says incumbent Republican Rep. Elise Stefanik has been “silent” on recent reports that Russia offered the Taliban bounties on the lives of American soldiers in Afghanistan. Stefanik did not respond to interview requests for this story, but on ...

Stefanik, Cobb take opposite sides on police reform bills

The two candidates for New York’s 21st Congressional District seat — incumbent Republican Elise Stefanik and returning Democratic contender Tedra Cobb — support two different police reform bills passed by the House, but despite increased pressure to pass police reform legislation ...

NY adds 8 more states to quarantine list

ALBANY — New York is urging travelers from eight additional states to self-quarantine for 14 days as it awaits a decision on the reopening of indoor dining in New York City. Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a Tuesday television interview that he plans to send state police and health and liquor ...

COVID-19 case is identified at St. Mary’s Church in Ticonderoga

TICONDEROGA — The Essex County Health Department says it has identified a COVID-19 case of an individual who attended St. Mary’s Church in Ticonderoga earlier this month and that it is conducting a “thorough contact tracing investigation.” The case was identified on Sunday, June 28, ...

Lake Placid’s Class of 2020 finds strength in quarantine

LAKE PLACID — In a time of pain and uncertainty spurred by a global pandemic, Lake Placid’s Class of 2020 found strength in one another and the vision of a world changed for the better. Forty-three students walked across the stage at the Olympic Speedskating Oval in Lake Placid Friday ...

SAVOR THE SEASON: Forest Farmers acquires Parker’s Maple brand

LAKE PLACID — Three years ago, Mike Farrell left his job as director of Cornell University’s Uihlein Maple Forest, a 200-acre research and extension field station on Bear Cub Lane. Now he’s making big news working for the company he co-founded, The Forest Farmers. Based in Lyon ...

SAVOR THE SEASON: Try summer eats to beat the COVID blues

LAKE PLACID — Summer is the most exciting time to eat in Essex County, and more people are looking for locally produced food as the nation continues to deal with the coronavirus pandemic. Not only can consumers find locally grown and produced food that’s in season, but they can find it ...

SAVOR THE SEASON: New York maple production down slightly this year

LAKE PLACID — Maple production was down slightly this spring compared to 2019, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agriculture Statistics Service. Released on June 11, the maple production report shows that New York’s maple production decreased from 820,000 ...

Starting today, groups of up to 50 may gather

Starting today, gatherings of up to 50 people are allowed in the North Country region, and houses of worship can allow a few more people. As part of Phase 4 reopening, residents will be able to have social gatherings of up to 50 people, up from 25 people in Phase 3, Gov. Andrew Cuomo ...

Public comment sought on Lake Placid housing complex

LAKE PLACID — The North Elba-Lake Placid Joint Review Board is seeking public comment on a rezoning application that could open the doors to building a new housing complex that is meant to be affordable, in a community where affordable housing has gotten harder to find. The application, ...

Adirondack prison in Ray Brook swings from juniors to seniors

RAY BROOK — Out with the young, in with the old. The state-run Adirondack prison in Ray Brook has again been converted, this time from a facility for teenage boys to a medium-security prison for men over 55. In 2018, the then-medium-security adult facility was converted to hold male ...

Major summer events canceled in Lake Placid

LAKE PLACID — The big summer events in this village will not go on as planned, local officials decided Wednesday. Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism CEO Jim McKenna confirmed Wednesday afternoon that the Fourth of July fireworks in Lake Placid, Ironman Lake Placid triathlon, Ironman ...